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It's A Grand Old Flag

Posted by MacZad
Sep 13 2012

Years of corporate favoritism by our leaders and the 2010 Supreme Court's Citizens United decision allowing corporations unlimited spending to influence elections have given us a country pretty much as depicted by this flag:

So to paraphrase Lincoln, it's now, "---that government: of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations, shall not perish from the earth."

Here are some reforms that would help to get the citizens' influence in Washington somewhat equal to that of the corporations:

  • Enact a constitutional amendment declaring that corporations do not have the same rights as people.
  • Put real limits on the use of influence money by the K Street lobbying firms.
  • Further limit the revolving doors that shuttle people between Washington and corporations.
  • Take redistricting out of the hands of the politicians as California has done with its Citizens Redistricting Commission.
  • Go to open primary elections like Washington State is using.
  • Eliminate the Electoral College and go to popular election of the President.

These reforms are lofty and perhaps almost impossible to universally achieve, but as Washington state and California have shown reform is possible if the citizens keep pressing for it. The Center for Voting and Democracy is concerned with all aspects of voting, and has some good ideas beyond those mentioned above. Check them out and also their Blog. (Updated 10/08/2012)

Categories: Opposing Plutocracy and Corporatocracy, Seeking Better Governance